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Bait and switch : the (futile) pursuit of the American dream

Author: Barbara Ehrenreich
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Ehrenreich enters the shadowy world of the white-collar unemployed. Armed with a plausible résumé of a professional "in transition," she attempts to land a job--undergoing career coaching and personality testing, then a series of EST-like boot camps, job fairs, networking events, and evangelical job-search ministries. She gets an image makeover, works to project a winning attitude, yet is proselytized, scammed,  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Barbara Ehrenreich
ISBN: 0805076069 9780805076066
OCLC Number: 58985721
Description: 237 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Finding a coach in the land of Oz --
Stepping out into the world of networking --
Surviving boot camp --
The transformation --
Networking with the Lord --
Aiming higher --
In which I am offered a "job" --
Downward mobility.
Responsibility: Barbara Ehrenreich.
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Ehrenreich enters the shadowy world of the white-collar unemployed. Armed with a plausible résumé of a professional "in transition," she attempts to land a job--undergoing career coaching and personality testing, then a series of EST-like boot camps, job fairs, networking events, and evangelical job-search ministries. She gets an image makeover, works to project a winning attitude, yet is proselytized, scammed, lectured, and--again and again--rejected. This book highlights the people who've done everything right, yet have become vulnerable to financial disaster, and not simply due to the vagaries of the business cycle. Today's ultra-lean corporations take pride in shedding "surplus" employees--plunging them into the twilight zone of white-collar unemployment. As Ehrenreich discovers, there are few social supports for these newly disposable workers--and little security even for those who have jobs. --From publisher description.

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